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Community Safety Forum takes its safety operation to Thuthukani

May 14, 2024

In a careful move to address safety concerns within the community, a collaborative effort headed by the MMC for Community Services and Safety, Cllr. Seipati Modise, and HOD for Community Services and Safety, Ms Thobeka Mtshiselwa, conducted a search operation in Thuthukani Township.

The forum, which included, SAPS, Department of Social Development, Thuthukani Ward Committees and Community Police Forum, acted swiftly on alert of suspicion that drugs were sold to learners of Zikhetheleni Secondary School. With the assistance of sniffer dogs, the team searched classrooms and learners.

The operation did not stop at the school premises, it went deeper into the heart of the community where two house suspected of being used to sell drugs to learners were targeted. The searching team found variety substances in each of the two houses and two people were arrested.

MMC Seipati Modise said this is a significant step towards breaking down the cycle of substance abuse within the
community.

She emphasised on the importance of implementing prevention and intervention strategies.

“Through engagement with community members and stakeholders, efforts can be directed towards addressing underlying issues such as poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to support services, which often contribute to the popularity of substance abuse.

“Moreover, the operation served as a reminder of the essential role that community participation plays in ensuring safety and security.

“The active involvement of local ward committees, the Community Police Forum, and concerned citizens not only strengthens the effectiveness of law enforcement initiatives but also fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility within the community” said MMC Modise.

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